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04/26/2005 Archived Entry: "MLB News: notes and stats"

Through the first twenty games of the season, here's a few things I picked about trends and stats that ought to get a debate or two started
By Trent Harrison

Well, most of the teams are at the 20-game mark, so why not start to dive into some of those meaningless stats and figures that can give fuel to any conversation in regards to whose team does what. Just a few notes here that have to do with hitting, fielding, and pitching. Its early yet, but you just might be surprised to find out that...

Texas has scored eight times this year without a RBI recorded
The Padres lead the league with 88 base-on-balls
Oakland has stolen only two bases, and has been caught four times
The Reds have struck out 169 times to lead the league, while the Cardinals have only K'd 83 times
Washington has 10 triples already, while the Yankees haven't recorded one yet

San Francisco has grounded into 23 double-plays so far
The Diamondbacks have a .990 fielding percentage and have recorded a league-high 27 double plays
Kansas City leads the majors with 20 errors already

The Phillies pitching staff has given up 28 homers to lead the league, the Cards hurlers have given up 8
Florida's fireballers have 5 complete games and 4 shutouts to top the majors
The Red Sox pitchers have plunked 15 batters so far
Chicago and Detroit catchers have nabbed 10 base-stealers to tie for the league lead
And grab a bat and head for Colorado, because their pitchers are giving up a league-worst .399 batting average(112 points less than the Marlins)

So go ahead and chew on those numbers for a minute or two
I don't want to steal any thunder here from my colleagues, but here's a couple of milestones from some darn good ballplayers that you all should watch for in the coming weeks:

Jeff Bagwell needs 9 walks to pass Hank Aaron for 22nd all-time with 1403 total and...
he needs 17 RBI's to top Joe Dimaggio for 37th all-time with 1538 total and...
he needs 12 doubles to join the 500-double club. Congrats to Jeff 'cause I know he'll get'em

Rafael Palmeiro needs 6 doubles to pass Wade Boggs for 15th all-time at 579 total and...
he needs 23 runs to pass Jim Ryan for 30th all-time at 1643 total and...
he needs 32 more RBI's to jump into the 15th spot all-time with 1781, surpassing the Nationals skipper Frank Robinson - not to shabby there Mr. Palmeiro ( at least the performance enhancers he takes are legal, hell he got paid for using them)
That's what I call being in some good company
See you all real soon, at the ballpark

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